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    I would say that, while GR isn't critically...

    I would say that, while GR isn't critically underrated, it is a pretty frequent punching bag for literary types (e.g. "I love Ulysses but Gravity's Rainbow is pulpy, drug-induced, bloated nonsense")....
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    Absolutely. The sudden, almost parenthetical,...

    Absolutely. The sudden, almost parenthetical, deaths of a couple of main characters near the end, along with Kristin's spiritual epiphany on the beach in the last few pages, were some of the most...
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    Well, Kristin and I parted ways last night after...

    Well, Kristin and I parted ways last night after a long and turbulent relationship... and that has always been one of my favorite things about reading these massive novels: not so much the sense of...
  4. Haven't read it, but I'm pretty sure that Cold...

    Haven't read it, but I'm pretty sure that Cold Mountain takes place in the Appalachians/Blue Ridge.

    Watch out for those wild midget ponies in VA...
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    Contemporary Literature & the Internet

    Hi all,

    I wanted to share what I found to be a fascinating article from the Guardian about the gradual inclusion of the internet into contemporary fiction. You can find it here:...
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    I've heard that Warlock by Oakley Hall is a gem.

    I've heard that Warlock by Oakley Hall is a gem.
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    Thanks, all-- I actually wrote my undergrad...

    Thanks, all-- I actually wrote my undergrad thesis on Walden, and read it every year for precisely the same reasons. I find that the re-reads of Thoreau also provide a good gauge of how I am growing...
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    No Henry James, Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser,...

    No Henry James, Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather... but a pretty interesting idea for a list.

    And who among us would be here were it not for A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible?
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    Glad to hear you're enjoying it! It is...

    Glad to hear you're enjoying it! It is interesting to think of the book as a saga seen through a feminist lens-- particularly in the second book, there are several passages when the men discuss...
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    Thanks, all, for the generous recommendations and...

    Thanks, all, for the generous recommendations and the now-overflowing library queue. I look forward to reading these and then, you know, having all the answers.
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    Some thoughts about 350 pages in (without...

    Some thoughts about 350 pages in (without spoilers): So far, I've had something of a tempestuous relationship with K.L. There are some passages and scenes that absolutely thrill me, and some...
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    Glad to hear it! It should be interesting to...

    Glad to hear it! It should be interesting to transition from a book as male-centric and modern as Lolita to the medieval female perspective of Kristin. I'm about 1/3 of the way through-- I'll post...
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    Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses I haven't read much...

    Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses
    I haven't read much Dickens, but I imagine he has a whole mess of nasty teachers
    ...but Harry Potter has pretty much cornered this market.
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    For whatever reason, the Russians spring to mind....

    For whatever reason, the Russians spring to mind. Particularly Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment or Notes from the Underground. It's almost like I love to hate Dostoevsky's characters, and hate to...
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    Spiritual Novel Recommendations

    I'm starting to discover that in different stages of my life I read for different reasons. At the moment, I'm most drawn to novels that provide an almost spiritual or epiphanic experience. This is...
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    Great! Just drop me a line once you've started...

    Great! Just drop me a line once you've started up. It'll be interesting to compare translations- from what I can tell, mine is an older, more staid version, which I've grown to like but which can...
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    By some interesting twist of fate, I just...

    By some interesting twist of fate, I just happened to stumble across a copy of Kristin Lavransdatter on my local bookstore's dollar shelf. Are you still planning to read it for the month of June? ...
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    I'm currently about 2/3 of the way through Sergio...

    I'm currently about 2/3 of the way through Sergio de la Pava's A Naked Singularity, and I'm really blown away by it so far. From what I can tell, the book was originally published in 2008, but it...
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    Humourous? Definitely. And now that I think...

    Humourous? Definitely. And now that I think about it, there was something oddly uplifting about it... as someone who works in an office, I was quite moved by DFW's search for meaning, spirituality,...
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    I whole-heartedly second The Comedian's take on...

    I whole-heartedly second The Comedian's take on Walden-- a book I re-read every year for precisely the same reasons. I also find it interesting to re-read any book that has had a profound influence...
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    As a matter of fact, there was an attempt at...

    As a matter of fact, there was an attempt at filming FW with the 1966 Passages from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, which you can stream here. No idea how that turned out, but it looks intriguing...
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    Don't heed the Thoreau haters! If you are allowed to discuss American lit, you've got to mention the American Romantics of the 19th Ce -- Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman, Melville. Obviously, you're not...
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    Hi Veho-- It's interesting. I can rail against...

    Hi Veho-- It's interesting. I can rail against the pretension of people who claim to like discordant noise rock, 6-hour symbolist movies, or opera, and then turn around and post on the thread you...
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    While of course college isn't a prerequisite to...

    While of course college isn't a prerequisite to being a great writer, I think it's bound to be a valuable experience if you approach it with an open mind. The classes you choose (and are required)...
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    It's interesting how there are books you can read...

    It's interesting how there are books you can read and be absolutely moved by, but the second you finish the last page you know that you'll probably never read a word of them again. And then there...
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